Monday, March 1, 2010

Humanitarian Who?

"According to, a humanitarian is a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, sometimes known as a philanthropist...To that end, we have gathered 50 fascinating lectures for humanitarians. Learn from the best, or simply get a different point of view by giving them a listen."

50 Fascinating Lectures for Humanitarians

So, this friendly resource showed up in my inbox last week with the usual pseudo personal reference to my blog and all that. Hmmm. Fifty lectures, sounds like some good material. The first up lecture by Rick Warren gave pause and made me wonder who this outfit really was, but the overall line-up proved fairly ecumenical although sometimes a bit obscure.

Again I paused with Slavoj Zizek, a proflific author who I steadfastly have avoided reading. Humanitarian? Just watch his lecture, Against Charity

"Zizek's 'lost cause' is the idea of revolutionary terror to impose utopian order from above."

Alan Johnson, "The Reckless Mind of Slvoj Zizek," Dissent, Fall 2009. Book review of In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek.

Not much of a humanitarian. His lecture takes off on Soros, Starbuck's and philanthrocapitalism.

Fascinating lectures?

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